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What Does It Mean to Be Demiromantic?

 What Does It Mean to Be Demiromantic? 

If someone you know identifies as demiromantic, you may be wondering what they mean. Or you may be considering whether or not you might be demiromantic. But what does it mean to be demiromantic? Let's take a closer look at what demiromanticism is, what it means for someone in relationships, along with some myths about what it means to be demiromantic.


Demiromantic and the Aromantic Spectrum


Someone who is demiromantic is someone who will only develop romantic attraction towards others if they feel a strong, close emotional connection with them. The demiromantic designation has nothing to do with someone's gender identity or sexual orientation, but rather the situation in which they develop romantic attraction towards other people.


Someone who is demiromantic is considered to be on the aromantic spectrum. The aromantic spectrum is defined as including people who do not not feel romantic attraction towards others. Demiromantic


What Demiromantic DOESN'T Mean


There are a number of myths and misconceptions about demiromantic people. The following are the most common myths--along with their truths--about demiromanticism.


Myth: Demiromantic people don't like sex or physical affection


This is a myth. Someone who is demiromantic can enjoy physical affection, including hugs, cuddles, and sex. It depends on the person and whether or not they personally enjoy these things. The "demiromantic" designation is related only to romantic attraction, not physical attraction or desire for physical intimacy.


Myth: Demiromantic people always have crushes on close friends


Demiromantic people can be close friends with someone and not be romantically attracted to them. Demiromanticism does not mean that the person will always be attracted to someone they are close to; just that they only become romantically attracted to someone they are close with on a personal level. They can still have intimate friends and not love them romantically.



Demiromantic vs. Demisexual


People often confuse demiromanticism with demisexuality. Demisexuality refers to people who only experience sexual attraction towards partners they are close with; whereas demiromanticism refers to people who only experience romantic attraction towards people they are close with. Demiromantic people can experience sexual attraction towards others, even if they are not close with them.


Demiromanticism and Relationships


What does it mean if someone is demiromantic and in a relationship?


There are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that many demiromantic people will avoid attempting to get into relationships with people if they aren't close. For instance, they won't be interested in blind dates or dating relative strangers from dating apps; instead, they'll look for dates from people within their close circle.


Another element of demiromanticism to consider is that demiromantic people may enjoy activities and interactions that are considered “romantic” only with people they consider close. For instance, they may not be interested in cuddling and watching a film with someone they don’t’ consider close.


Demiromanticism, like other types of aroromanticism, encompasses a wide range of people and behaviors. There is no “one size fits all,” and you may find that you or loved ones who are demiromantic will feel differently about certain elements of relationships and intimate activities.